Eduardo Najera has decided to step down from playing basketball and venture into the coaching aspect of the game, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. At the age of 36 and coming off a gruesome head injury (skull fracture) last season, the time is now right for Najera to move on in the basketball world.
Najera spent two seasons in Charlotte where he played 53 games for the Bobcats and he never seemed to disappoint. Eddy was always a fun player to watch because of the high energy he constantly played with and his ambitious nature to always shoot a three even when the entire arena was negating against the notion. Defensively, Najera was also a change of pace kind of guy- was never scared to guard bigger forwards/centers and always gave them fits with his tenaciousness and physicality. Eddy never shattered the stat sheet- his highest season average total came in 2001-02 with Dallas where he scored 6.5 PPG and pulled down 5.5 RPG.
For those Bobcats faithful that had forgotten, Najera came to Charlotte in the Tyson Chandler trade that still haunts Charlotte and Lebron/Wade, but will keep Rick Carlisle chuckling to his grave.
According to Stein, sources have told him that Najera will now become the head coach of the NBA development league Texas Legends team.